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Gresford Athletic
Holywell Town
Full time
S Thomas (7'), S Jones (11' Pen), S Lewis (88')
Sat 27 Jan 14:00 - Huws Gray Alliance League - Huws Gray Alliance Attendance 86

Gresford Athletic 0-3 Holywell Town

The Wellmen move back up to second after a dominant display against Gresford Athletic.

Holywell arrived at Clappers Lane boosted with the return of Steve Lewis and Phil Lloyd to the squad which was at full strength and given the teams recent history at Gresford they would need to perform well to beat an inform home side, and the Wellmen didn't disappoint their large travelling support with a resounding victory in a game that the visitors dominated from the first whistle.

The Wellmen started well and after some early exchanges took the lead in the 7th minute when captain Steve Thomas sprung the home sides off side trap to find himself one on one with the home keeper and Thomas made no mistake with a cool finish. Things got even better for the visitors in the 11th minute when the dangerous Steve Thomas was felled inside the box giving referee Dan Fogerty little choice but to point to the penalty spot and the in form Sam Jones made no mistake from the resultant penalty to make it 2-0.

Holywell were now totally dominant and creating chance after chance with the home keeper forced into action to make several great saves, a particularly good one being his tip over from a rasping Mark Winslade long range shot in the 20th minute. Further chances fell to Steve Lewis, Paul Williams and Phil Lloyd who hit the crossbar with a cross come shot and as the referee blew for half time, Gresford would no doubt be relieved to be going in only 2 goals down at the break.

The second half started with the wind picking up which was not in the favour of the Wellmen and with the pitch starting to cut up they knew that things ought to be a lot more difficult in this half. However the Wellmen were straight out of the blocks and dominated again. The hard working forward pair of Mark Winslade and Steve Lewis started to carve out chance after chance for themselves and their colleagues and the like up play through the side was impressive. Good chances fell to Lewis, Sam Jones, Winslade and Steve Thomas who hit the cross bar. Of note the home side created their first meaningful chance of the game in the 80th minute when Holywell keeper Shaun Pearson dealt well with a rare shot form the home side attackers and as throughout the game the visiting rear guard stood firm.

Wellmen substitute Graham Williams went close after good work by Winsalde again and in the 88th minute Steve Lewis got the goal he deserved after calming rounding the keeper and slotting home from the edge of the area after beating the offside trap again. The goal was no more than the visitors deserved and substitute Marc Gunther almost added a 4th with a fierce shot from a tight angle that forced the home keeper to make a great save to keep it out.

Key moments

7:00
Goal Steve Thomas scores for Holywell Town
11:00
Scored Penalty Sam Jones scores a penalty for Holywell Town
88:00
Goal Steve Lewis scores for Holywell Town

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Steve Lewis is substituted off for Holywell Town
90:00 Sub On
Marc Gunther is substituted on for Holywell Town
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Shaun Pearson keeps a clean sheet for Holywell Town
88:00 Goal 0 - 3
Steve Lewis scores for Holywell Town
88:00 Sub On
Brady McGilloway is substituted on for Holywell Town
88:00 Sub Off
Mark Winslade is substituted off for Holywell Town
75:00 Sub On
Graeme Williams is substituted on for Holywell Town
75:00 Sub Off
Steve Thomas is substituted off for Holywell Town
End of period 1
11:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Sam Jones scores a penalty for Holywell Town
7:00 Goal 0 - 1
Steve Thomas scores for Holywell Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gresford Athletic
  • Holywell Town
  • 0
  • Steve Thomas Goal 7:00'
  • Sam Jones Scored Penalty 11:00'
  • Graeme Williams Sub On 75:00'
  • Steve Thomas Sub Off 75:00'
  • Steve Lewis Goal 88:00'
  • Brady McGilloway Sub On 88:00'
  • Mark Winslade Sub Off 88:00'
  • Marc Gunther Sub On 90:00'
  • Steve Lewis Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Pearson, Shaun Pearson, Shaun
Lloyd, Phil Lloyd, Phil
Kendrick, Matthew Kendrick, Matthew
Thomas, Steve Thomas, Steve
Jones, Jonathon Jones, Jonathon
Harvey, Matthew Harvey, Matthew
Jones, Sam Jones, Sam
Williams , Paul D Williams , Paul D
Lewis, Steve Lewis, Steve
Winslade, Mark Winslade, Mark
Desormeaux, Danny Desormeaux, Danny

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Caernarfon Town 20 45
2. Airbus Broughton 22 41
3. Guilsfield 21 40
4. Holywell Town 19 38
5. Denbigh Town 18 37
6. Rhyl 22 35
7. Gresford Athletic 19 31

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